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2/3/13 7:38 A

You may want to consider trying another running store in your area, depending on what's available. As with anything being sold or advised, you will meet many so-called "experts". Some of them give great advice...others just think they do.

My partner is a long distance runner and had been running in corrective shoes for overpronation for a few years and was consistently having right sided knee and IT band issues. She chalked it up to her severe injuries from when she was hit by a car and had to have reconstructive knee surgery.

We moved to Austin TX and wandered into a local running store where the most amazing shoe guy helped her out, starting from scratch and put her into a neutral shoe in a different brand than she normally wears. NO MORE PAIN, not even after a marathon! (By the way, that would be Luke's Locker, in case any Austinites read this.)

Anyway, you might want to have your gait/feet evaluated by a couple of different people to see what recommendations you get and if you have pain, make a switch! Eventually (hopefully sooner than later) you will find what works best for you.



N16351D Posts: 2,349
2/2/13 8:21 A

Instead of asking strangers on a website, I elected to pay the money to visit a sports physical therapist about my running shoes. It cost a bit of money (getting a doctor to write an order for it might help keep some costs down depending on your medical insurance), but was worth every bit of measuring, time, and money. For the last 15 years I have had no problems with anything hurting when I run, and I owe it to the shoes recommended to me by the physical therapist.

I over pronate, and need the most stable shoe for my height, weight, stance, and stride. Now I know I am getting the best shoe for me. Since I normally run about 15- 25 miles a week, it has really been worth the expense to get an expert opinion.

Getting the right shoe will help your hip, knees, and feet not to hurt. I can't believe how much better I feel after a run having been given the directions about shoes, and a paper to carry with me when I shop for running shoes.

My problem has been finding a salesperson who knows how to interpret the notes recorded by the PT on the form I carry with me to shoe stores. You need to find a good quality store with knowledgeable personnel, in order to find the right shoes.

The PT also told me not to purchase last years' shoes on sale. He said that the rubber in the soles loses elasticity when it sits on the shelf for a year. You get more protection, and a longer lasting shoe, if you purchase new shoes new in the store, instead of last year's new shoes sitting on a sale rack.

The PT also told me it is different for walkers since they don't do the pounding that the runners do.

A good running shoe should last one year or 200 miles, whichever comes first. Then it is time to demote it to a walking, working, or garden shoe while get you another new pair.

After having been running/jogging for 40 years, I have learned that the investment in a great pair of running shoes is paramount to having good experiences and minimal injury on the road.

Get professional advice, then get the right shoe for you. It sure has been worth it to me. I wish I had been more knowledgeable and done it sooner.

Best wishes, and be safe out there on the roads.

SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,459
2/1/13 1:27 P


First my bias, I am anti over engineered and overprice "corrective" running shoes. I am a barefoot shoe minimalist who has run in everything from Hush Puppies to combat boots. to waffle trainers to now Vibram Five Fingers, Fila Skeltoes and just ordered the Adidas five toed shoes. My advice; go back to what worked before and lose the bad advice you have been given.

Research at Harvard showed that barefoot running produced a natural stride with a forefoot foot strike under the centre of mass. Research done in England found few running injuries with those who wore the cheaper unengineered running shoes.URLs to both studies are available on request.


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CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
2/1/13 6:26 A

No stability shoes! They teach you to run wrong and hurt different parts of your body (like you're noticing right now). Please go back to your neutral sneakers!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,422
2/1/13 5:53 A

I agree with the previous poster. Your shoes should not be causing you pain. You can ask the physio what kind of shoe they'd recommend based on your needs. I'd definitely go back to something that's more comfortable.

Hope that helps,

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2/1/13 5:00 A

If a shoe is hurting you so much that you need physio, they are NOT the right shoe for you, no matter what the "experts" say.

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2/1/13 4:23 A

I have been running for almost three years and have done 2 HM. I bought a pair of shoes in Sept12 from roadrunners after they checked my running form. I was adviced stability shoes and was declared overpronator.They made me buy brooks adnernaline GTS 12 and insole. After 2 months i am having knee pain and feel that my form is being altred by wearing these shoes.
When ever I run with these shoes I start having slight pain in my knees and for this now i am going to physio also.
Before this i never had problem with my normal neutral shoe . Though I switch in my running schedules these two shoes however i am comfortyable with neutral shoes and and I completed HM with neutral shoe on 20Jan 13 .
when ever i read abt the type of shoe I should be wearing according to my foot type and running form ,stability shoes are adviced and now i am totally confused as what should i wear.
My weight is 182lbs , ht 6 feet and run at 7 min/km
Please advice
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